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© S.Wilharm, Carlsen Verlag
© Stiftung Internationale Jugendbibliothek
Jun 2311.30


How we discovered Harry Potter and made it popular in Germany


In June 1998, the first volume of "Harry Potter" was published by the at that time small Carlsen Verlag with an initial print run of 8,000 copies. The Hamburg publisher Klaus Humann had bought "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" by the then unknown author Joanne K. Rowling and had taken an extremely high publishing risk. His intuition for the bestseller and his audacity paid off. Two years later, the "Harry Potter" fever took hold of Germany. Within a few months, ten million copies of the first three volumes were sold. 

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the German first edition of "Harry Potter", to which the library is dedicating a cabinet exhibition, Klaus Humann will talk about his most exciting adventure and his greatest success as a publisher.

The presentation will take place as part of the family festival "Magical Rally for Witchcraft and Wizardry at Blutenburg Castle".
Please register at anmeldung@ijb.de